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# STAND BACK! I'm going to try ARITHMETIC!

### Wednesday, August 17, 2011

OK so, I gained weight this week. More than halfway through the Biggest Loser Challenge and I have not lost very much weight. Blah blah blah... I have wasted enough time and emotions feeling bad. I ran out of whine-ability. I cannot do it anymore. Instead...

You know what? I like math (I almost have enough math credits from studying computer science to have a math minor).

It's time for some MATH to make me feel better about my progress.

I started the Biggest Loser Challenge at 403. My body fat % was 49.9.
403 x .499 = 201.1 lbs. That is how many lbs of fat I had (wow).

Last week, I was 398.9 and 48.9% fat.
398.9 x .489 = 195.1 lbs fat (Hey, wait a sec, HOLD ON, that is a huge loss of fat!!!!!)

This week, I am 399.2 and 48.4% fat.
399.2 x .484 = 193.2 lbs fat

HEY GUYS! Look at this crap:
201.1 lbs. - 193.2 lbs = 7.9 lbs fat lost.
I've been giving myself such a hard time because of the scale, but according to these numbers, I lost almost 2 lbs of fat while gaining weight this week... and almost 8 lbs of fat total since the start of this competition.
1 - (193.2 / 201.1) x 100 = 3.929% of my total body fat GONE!

SO... like.. thank you, math

I can't find my tape measure... when I do, I will check inches. If the inches lost corresponds to the fat loss, these fat lbs have almost certainly been replaced by MUSCLE and not water.

Update: YES!!!! here is a list of my losses since 3 weeks ago:
neck: 0.81 in
upper arm: 2.5 in
forearm: 0.5 in
bra strap: 2 in
waist: 0.75 in
thigh: 1.5 in
calf: 0 in
ankle: 0.15 in
wrist: 0.33 in
ring finger: 0.5 cm

The progress is slow, but it is progress...
• PAPPLEPRINCESS
Good job! It's like that line in the song "She Blinded me with Science!" Instead you're rocking the arithmetic. Way to go, girlie
3317 days ago
• PRINCESSNURSE

3319 days ago
• PONYFARMER
ROFLMBO! "Stand Back, I'm going to do arithmetic." Still giggling over the title.

3319 days ago
• CD5707126
I may need to invest in a scale to show me my body fat.
3319 days ago
• KARMATASTROPHE
That is FANTASTIC progress. Hooray for maths!!
3321 days ago
• MCJULIEO
Sounds FANTASTIC to me!
3322 days ago
• ESILBO
GREAT JOB...KEEP DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING, IT WORKS WELL
THANKS FOR SHARING
LISE
3322 days ago
• CD929744
You know this blog actually makes me kind of like math :P Great job on those numbers!
3322 days ago
How do you count that as "slow" progress?? That's AWESOME progress!!! Keep up the good work!

3322 days ago
• BECOMING_HOLLY
AWESOME! How are you calculating your body fat? I would love to do that!
3322 days ago
• RCW0442EHS
That's awesome. I love this kind of math. What kind of body fat analyzer do you use, I'm looking into getting one?
3322 days ago
• CD10459487
holy sh--

2 inches off your bra strap in 3 weeks?!

BAM. that's crazy. e-five!
3322 days ago
• JCARDINAL
Fantastic!!
3322 days ago
• BECKYB73
Excellent!! I hate math, but I do think I like how you're employing it's use. Have you ever checked in to having a Bod Pod assessment?
3322 days ago
• CTUPTON
You have to read The Geometry of Sisters! One sister uses math to ease her anxieties!

I had never heard of doing that. Now I have heard it twice!

A+B=C

Enjoy! Chris
3322 days ago
• K_CHRISTER

Got to love 'The Queen of Science'. I have my degree in mathematics and one in computer science, so I know many classes are in common. Here is another thing for you. The density of fat tissue is about .9 kg/liter (well it floats so it has to be lower than 1.0 kg/liter which is the density of water). The density of skeletal muscle tissue is about 1.06 kg/liter, so muscle is about 20% heavier than fat. Now if your mass (weight) have stayed the same, that means that fat has either been converted to muscle or water. Let us say muscle to be on the optimistic side. A loss of 7.9 lbs of fat (201.1 - 193.2) equals a loss of 4 liters in volume (7.9 lbs / 2.2 lbs/kg = 3.6 kg / .9 kg/l = 4 liters ). The same amount of muscle mass equals 3.4 liters (7.9 lbs / 2.2 lbs/kg = 3.6 kg / 1.06 kg/l = 3.4 liters). So you have lost VOLUME, 4 liters of body fat has become 3.4 liters of lean muscles!!! GREAT WORK!!!
3322 days ago
• VALKYRIA-
i used this little thing I found on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com
/Omron-HBF-306C-Loss-Monitor-Bl
ack/dp/B000FYZMYK/ref=sr_1_1?ie
=UTF8&qid=1313594691&sr=8-1
3322 days ago
• THISYEARSMODEL
Fantastic! Congrats!!!
3322 days ago
• PGHREBECCAZ
awesome!!

how does one calculate their percentage of body fat??
3322 days ago